Ypsilanti Citizen News Sidetrack

City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Firm hired for interim DDA director services

With barely a quorum of five YDDA board members, the board voted to hire Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc. to provide interim director services at a special meeting this morning. Photo by Christine Laughren

With barely a quorum of five YDDA board members, the board voted to hire Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc. to provide interim director services at a special meeting this morning.
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Carlisle/Wortman to help primarily with merger

By Christine Laughren
Jul. 7, 2009    ·    9:42 a.m.


The Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority approved the hiring of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, Inc. to provide interim director services at a special meeting this morning.

The Ann Arbor-based firm will provide general assistance with legal, procedural and organizational issues surrounding the merger of the YDDA and the Depot Town DDA – a 12-member board expected to be approved at tonight’s City Council meeting.

The firm will also provide assistance in preparing and developing the new board, assistance to staff on projects and assistance with administrative duties.

At a rate of $75 per hour for 10 to 15 hours a week, the YDDA allotted $5,000 per month for the interim director. The funds will be combined with Depot Town DDA’s commitment of $4,000 per month for three months.

Funds from both budgets will be pulled from monies allotted for the Executive Director’s salary.

Teresa Gillotti, Michigan State University Extension Community and Economic Development Educator said Jennifer Coe of Carlisle/Wortman would primarily work to help with the merger and administration of the DDAs as opposed to projects started under former DDA director Brian Vosburg.

Gillotti said the Michigan Main Street program, recommended as part of the city’s five-year Blueprint process, is one of the projects that will slow down a little during the transition.

Michigan Main Street Status requires a five-year budget, a full time director, public and private funding as well as an extensive downtown building inventory. It also entails a different organizational structure with separate committees operating under the DDA board.

“We have to work with the state to see if we still qualify and we have to see if the new board wants to move forward with it,” she said after this morning’s meeting. “We are trying to keep as many projects going as possible.”

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